Ashoka and Partners’ Changemakers Competition for Greece announces four winning projects for 2014

 

Athens, July 16, 2014 – Ashoka Greece announced today that four (4) winners have been selected in “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece”, the first Changemakers competition for Greece, launched March 2014.

"The great winners of this competition make us think that there is always a solution to the most difficult issues and that innovation combined with strong entrepreneurial qualities can lead to incredible social change", stated Arnaud Mourot, co-director of Ashoka Europe.

The competition is an initiative by Ashoka, The Hellenic Initiative, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Hellas, and SAP Hellas to source innovative solutions for social change in Greece.

The winning projects in the Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece competition were chosen based on the 3 main criteria of Ashoka Changemakers:

  • Innovation: a substantial difference from other initiatives in the field, and creating new value.
  • Social Impact: a powerful outcome on society in Greece– positively and directly impacting the lives of people – and demonstrating a potential for scaling up.
  • Sustainability: a clear plan for reaching long-term goals and securing financial backing, and strong partnerships and support networks.

The winners, selected from more than 90 entries, represent the most innovative and promising solutions in each of their category:

  1. Solutions for social and economic inclusion of vulnerable populations - €10,000

Provided by: The Hellenic Initiative, Convening Partner

BOROUME, Saving Food Saving Lives – The NGO BOROUME facilitates the food saving process of the largest supermarket chain in Greece to nearby welfare organizations & charities as well as municipal social services who help people with food insecurity, and strengthening a spirit of collaboration among networks of community groups.

 

  1. Strengthening communities through environmental solutions - €10,000

Provided by: John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Competition Partner

xorafaki.gr – The xorafaki.gr team of experts, through an online service, guides individuals through the first steps of utilizing their plot of land, from cultivation to production, and the placing and even standardization and export of their products.

xorafaki.gr is also selected to receive the SAP® Business One software with licenses for 3 users, and training on using this software, provided by SAP Hellas for one of the monetary prize winners.

 

  1. Supporting healthy and active aging - €10,000

Provided by: John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Competition Partner

BRACE Social Cooperative Enterprise - Brace Social Coop acts on supporting caregivers to develop empathic, secure relationships and positive connection with caretakers and minimize burn out risk through the Marte Meo program. Furthermore, it supports children to avoid poverty by building social and financial skills through the Aflatoun program.

 

  1. Innovation for access to healthcare - €10,000

Provided by: Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas, Competition Prize Partner

Filisia - creates accessible music and multimedia interfaces that support the rehabilitation process of people with disabilities, and are designed with therapists, users and families.

 

The panel of expert judges included: Eric Rosenthal, Founder and Executive Director of Disability Rights International (DRI); Michael Printzos, Program Director, The Hellenic Initiative; Ivan Juric, Head Programme Officer, Social Welfare & Community Development, John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation; Emmanuel Mitakis, Head of Communication & Global Making More Health Project, Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas; and Manos Raptopoulos, COO Head South Europe, Managing Director SAP Hellas, Cyprus & Malta.

 “There are many people and teams we met through this competition that are taking action on a range of issues, and show a genuine commitment to solving problems they find in their communities,” said Aphrodite Bouikidis, the director of the Ashoka Greece launch. “We are excited to continue working with the prize winners and others as they continue building their project and their social impact.”

For additional information about the competition, visit: www.changemakers.com/destinationchange and greece.ashoka.org.

For more information, please contact: ashokagreece @ ashoka.org

Photo caption: The FILISIA team discussing prototypes. Image credit: Pavlos Mavridis pavlospavridis.com